By S. Salaita
Utilizing a mixture of literary and social research, this publication examines a large variety of recent Arab American literary fiction and illustrates how quite a few socio-political phenomena have affected the improvement of the Arab American novel. Salaita argues that during the USA numerous fictions approximately Arabs and Islam flow often in either renowned and educational cultures. He endeavors in flip to focus on the variations inscribed within the Arab American group that render it extra complicated than in most cases is stated in public dialogue, an exercise undertaken via critique of a cross-section of recent Arab American novelists, together with Etel Adnan, Rabih Alameddine, Joseph Geha, and Laila Halaby. Arab American Literary Fictions, Cultures, and Politics is the 1st unique publication of Arab American literary feedback and gives reflections at the viability of constructing an Arab American Studies.
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Ideally such a space will be created proactively, identifying communal and theoretical needs and then attempting to fulfill them. The only university-affiliated institution devoted to the study of Arab Americans, The University of MichiganDearborn’s Center for Arab American Studies (a small, interdisciplinary program), has done well to avoid these pratfalls, thus signaling to comparable institutions that formalized study of Arab Americans can be communally and institutionally productive. Of course, even studying ethnic minorities as distinct groups has been controversial for some time, and so I imagine that any discussion of an Arab American Studies will have to account for those controversies.
3 19 article that in it Islam acts as a metonym for domestic Arabs, and perhaps as well for other Asian Americans, South Asians especially. For this reason I prefer to abandon the insinuations Stubbs evokes and instead focus on the consequences of his thesis in a precise ethnic framework, using as our moral and theoretical basis the recognition that Arab Americans, who comprise an Islamicate community, are the best test case for his assertions. Our mere presence in the United States symbolizes an Islamic presence that generates ambiguous states of being.
Com - licensed to Feng Chia University - PalgraveConnect - 2011-02-12 PROBLEMS OF INCLUSION ARAB AMERICAN LITERARY FICTIONS I do not, however, wish to map out any sort of groundwork for an Arab American Studies here. Rather, I deem it more useful to invoke some of the issues raised in the previous section in order to explore philosophically what an Arab American Studies can be (as opposed to what it should do, something I will examine later in this chapter). I’m even more concerned with the viability of an Arab American Studies given the ambiguous states of being in which Arab Americans are unwillingly positioned.
Arab American Literary Fictions, Cultures, and Politics (American Literature Readings in the 21 Century) by S. Salaita